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How To Clean Artificial Flowers

How To Clean Artificial Flowers

How to Clean Artificial Flowers


Silk flowers are a beautiful, low-maintenance alternative to fresh flowers. They bring colour and elegance to any space without the need for watering or sunlight. However, over time, dust and dirt can accumulate on silk flowers, dulling their vibrant appearance. I'm often asked how to clean silk flowers, so here are a few options and suggestions to help keep your silk blooms looking fresh and new!


Materials Needed:

To clean your silk flowers, you'll need the following materials:

  • Soft, clean cloth or microfibre cloth
  • Soft-bristled brush or paintbrush
  • Hairdryer (optional)
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Fine salt (optional for deep cleaning)

  1. Dusting with a Cloth or Brush

The simplest way to clean silk flowers is by dusting them regularly.

  1. Remove the flowers from their arrangement: If possible, take the flowers out of the vase or arrangement to access all parts easily.
  2. Use a soft cloth: Gently wipe each flower and leaf with a soft, clean cloth or microfibre cloth. Be careful not to press too hard to avoid damaging the delicate petals.
  3. Brush off dust: For intricate areas, use a soft-bristled brush or paintbrush to remove dust. Work from the top of the flower downwards to prevent dust from resettling.


  1. Hairdryer 

For flowers with stubborn dust in hard-to-reach places, using a hairdryer or compressed air can be effective.

  1. Set the hairdryer to cool: Use the cool setting on your hairdryer to blow away dust. Hold the hairdryer at least a foot away from the flowers to prevent damage.
  2. If you have anything with with faux pampas grass, you can hold it upside down to blast with the hairdryer to fluff it back up


  1. Cleaning with water

For a deeper clean, you can use a spray bottle with water.

  1. Fill a spray bottle with clean cold water 
  2. Lightly mist the silk flowers with the water but avoid soaking them, as excessive moisture can damage the flowers.
  3. Use a soft, clean cloth to gently wipe the flowers.
  4. Allow the flowers to air dry completely before returning them to their arrangement.


  1. Salt Deep Cleaning

Ok, this is my favourite method of all time! This method is great for thorough cleaning, especially if your silk flowers have been neglected for a while.

  1. Place the flowers in a large plastic bag, heads done with the stems facing up.
  2.  Add about half a cup of fine salt to the bag. The salt acts as gentle abrasive.
  3. Close the bag and shake it gently, keeping hold of the ends of the stems. The salt will help dislodge dirt and dust from the flowers.
  4. Take the flowers out of the bag and use a soft brush to remove any remaining salt.

Tips for Maintaining Clean Silk Flowers

  • Regular dusting: Incorporate regular dusting into your cleaning routine to prevent heavy buildup.
  • Avoid direct sunlight: Although all our flowers are UV resistant, prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can slowly fade the colours of silk flowers over time. Place them out of direct sunlight if possible.
  • Store properly: If you need to store silk flowers, keep them in a dry, dust-free environment.

Overall, silk flowers are a wonderful, hassle-free way to enjoy the beauty of nature indoors. With regular cleaning and maintenance, they can remain vibrant and beautiful for years. By following these simple cleaning methods, you can ensure your silk flowers always look their best, adding charm and elegance to your home.

If you’ve enjoyed this blog, or would like to ask a question, feel free to leave a comment below. 

Lucy xx

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